Porg Rice Balls

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For May the Fourth I attended a Star Wars themed party, so of course I had to make something in-theme to contribute! I decided on these porg-shaped rice balls, which are rice balls rolled in crushed sesame, with nori accents and a chunk of cucumber in the middle for extra crunch. They turned out adorable, if I do say so myself, and were popular with party-goers, so I consider them a success!

While you can make these without any special tools, it’s a lot faster and easier to do if you have the right equipment. I used a nori punch for the facial features, and a rice-roll press to make my pieces evenly shaped and well-compressed. That being said, you can feel free to shape your rice by hand (wet hands make it easier) and to cut out eyes and mouths with scissors. I would definitely recommend using the parchment paper cutout to mask off the white parts of the rice during the sesame step, though!

Anyway, here’s the recipe, which is more of a process:

Porg Rice Balls

Sushi rice, cooked and seasoned to taste*

Cucumber

Crushed sesame seeds (toasted if possible)

Nori

*To season rice, combine rice vinegar, sugar, and salt in a glass measuring cup and microwave until the sugar and salt dissolve. Pour over your rice and mix until coated. I use a ratio (by volume) of 2:2:1 for these ingredients– use as much or as little as you like.

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I used a nori punch from this set for my faces.

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Spoon the seasoned rice into a roll-shaped mold and press down with wet fingers. Add cucumber chunks and top with more rice. Press the top of the mold down firmly to form rolls.

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Use wet hands to shape the rolls into a slightly more porg-shaped form.

Cut pieces of parchment paper to mask off parts of the porg, and press to the surface of the rice with your fingers. Put the rice face-down into a bowl of crushed sesame seeds and roll to cover all surfaces. Then peel off the parchment to reveal the white section.

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Stick nori facial features onto the porg– they should stick on their own.

Arrange on a platter so they can glare at you disapprovingly as you eat the rest of your food.

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